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EyeWitness Ā© 2017. All rights reserved. Published by Contact Lens Society of America 2025 Woodlane Drive St. Paul, Minnesota 55125-2998 (800) 296-9776 (651) 731-0410 (fax) Website: www.clsa.info email: clsa@clsa.info Publisher Jane Beeman, FCLSA Editor-in-Chief Wendy Ford, FCLSA Associate Editor Theresa Klein, FCLSA Editorial Advisor Vicky Sheppard, FCLSA Copy Editor Jessica Labriola, NCLEC Technical Advisors Phyllis Rakow, FCLSA Buddy Russell, FCLSA Publication Design and Consult First Vision Media Group, Inc. Contact Lens Society of America President Jane Beeman, FCLSA President-Elect Wendy Ford, FCLSA Immediate Past President Carri Russell, FCLSA Secretary/Treasurer K. Heather Power, FCLSA Board of Directors Term Expires 2017 Maggie Walsh, FCLSA Term Expires 2018 Rachel Behdadnia, FCLSA Jason Jedlicka, OD, FCLSA Associate Director, Mike Johnson, FCLSA Term Expires 2019 Buddy Russell, FCLSA Amy Fens, FCLSA Sherry Lee Young, FCLSA Kemberly Gallagher, NCLEC At two recent national meetings, the CLSA was represented by your executives. Wendy Ford, President-Elect, participated in the Leadership Meeting for Opticians in Savannah, GA. She participated in discussions related to continuing education needs at the state as well as the national level, and met with various leaders in the industry to promote contact lens education. Then I represented CLSA at the JCAHPO Commission meeting in St Paul, MN. Having our organization represented on the Commission not only gives representation for our members who work in Ophthalmology, but it has also resulted in CLSA being invited to present at the annual ACE meeting during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting in New Orleans in November. CLSA will provide a one-day contact lens track for ophthalmic assistants across the country as interest is growing in Ophthalmology to have certified assistants and technicians learn more about proper contact lens fitting, in-office techniques and follow up care. JCAHPO also discussed the growing need to promote the Ophthalmic Technician as a career path in the employment field as there is a nationwide shortage of skilled personnel. The CLSA and ATPO job boards are online and available to anyone in need of skilled personnel in their office. In addition to these outreach opportunities, CLSA is continuing to provide excellent education across the country. The OpticonĀ® 2017 program will be held October 6-8, 2017 at the Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. Education chairs, Mike Gzik and Terry Klein have worked tirelessly to procure educational tracks that include intermediate and advanced level education on scleral lenses, keratoconus, and management of other eye diseases with many types of contact lens materials and innovative designs to be discussed. Dry eye management and new surgical procedures that impact contact lens success will also be included. The rapidly expanding field of pediatric myopia control and the use of soft multifocal and overnight vision shaping/corneal refractive RGP therapy will be discussed. We are also re-introducing short manufacturer's presentations about the latest in contact lens designs, materials, surface treatments and solutions. Registration is now open for our Dallas Area Specialty Contact Lens Meeting on June 3, 2017. Hurry and register today! For those who participate in the CooperVision "Frequent Fitter Program", use your points to help cover your registration and hotel cost, then give your Cooper Rep a big "THANK YOU" for offering CLSA members assistance to attend these wonderful programs. Plan today to attend a 2017 CLSA regional meeting! From the President Opportunities 2 CLSA EyeWitness Spring 2017 CLSA is dedicated to the education, promotion and advancement of the contact lens profession. Jane Beeman, FCLSA(H), is an honored Fellow and Practice Director/Contact Lens Specialist at Visionary Eye Associates in Rochester, NY. She has served on the CLSA Board of Directors for two terms, was CLSA Member of the Year in 1994, and served on the NCLE Board of Directors. She is a frequent guest speaker and clinical trainer at leading academic and professional practices around the world.

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